Cincinnati Reds defeat Chicago Cubs, 3-1

CINCINNATI -- And we thought the bullpen was the problem.

Actually, it's still not looking so hot.

But what's really not hot for the Cubs as they drag their sorry bats back to Wrigley Field for their home opener today is a lineup that was supposed to be improved this season just by showing up healthy and with a star free-agent hitting coach in the mix.

Instead, the Cubs are off to a six-game offensive start that looks as bad as some of their worst stretches during...

CINCINNATI -- Two nights after walking his first two batters and giving up a grand slam to blow one game, Cubs rookie Esmailin Caridad came in Sunday with the bases loaded in the eighth and immediately walked home the go-ahead run in another loss.

Meanwhile, Jeff Gray pitched two scoreless innings for Class AAA Iowa on Saturday and looks healthy again after missing most of spring training because of a groin injury.

With all the walks and general trouble the Cubs' you...